City Building opens applications for award winning apprenticeship programme 

Left to Right: Barry Thompson and Ellie Wilson

LEADING Glasgow based construction firm, City Building, has opened applications for the 2023 intake of its award-winning apprenticeship programme.     

City Building is one of Scotland’s largest employers of apprentices, with over 250 currentlysupported within the firm. In 2022 the firm achieved the Investor in Young People (IYP) Platinum accreditation as recognition of its industry leading work in this field, making it the only construction firm to do so. 

The firm is recruiting for 55 craft trade apprentices for its 2023 intake, with a deadline for applications due on the 8th May. 

Barry Thompson, a second-year joinery apprentice shares his experience of the apprenticeship programme, which he has been a member of since 2021: “You are part of the team from day one when you start an apprenticeship. It’s not like school at all – here I feel like a respected, valued member of City Building. 

“There are so many opportunities to learn and develop at City Building, even after you complete your apprenticeship. Lots of people go on to study at college, completing HNC’s in topics like construction management. City Building are really invested in growing the next generation of construction managers and tradespeople from the ground up – which you do not see in a lot of construction firms. 

“The application process was very straightforward, and I felt confident and supported by City Building throughout. My advice to other young people would be to not worry about the initial application and do some research on construction and City Building before your interview. 

“My favourite part of working at City Building is the variety. Every day is different. You could be at different sites, working with new people and learning new things. You are constantly supported to develop. I feel like I learn something new every day!” 

City Building has an excellent reputation for supporting their apprentices into careers with the firm after qualifying and promoting ongoing training and development throughout their time at City Building. 

Ellie Wilson, former apprentice, and current electrician at City Building, said“I came to City Building in 2018 as an apprentice, having just completed a one-year college course for women in construction. As part of the curriculum, we visited City Building’s previous training centre in Queenslie, where I heard about the apprenticeship courses it offered.    


“As an apprentice, I got to try a little of everything City Building had to offer. I loved plumbing and electrical work, eventually choosing to specialise as an electrician. Four years later, I am a qualified electrician with a full-time job at City Building.     


“At some sites, I can be the only girl on the team, which is disappointing – I don’t think apprenticeships or trades are pushed enough for young women in school. Sure, it is a traditionally male-dominated field, but there is nothing to stop girls from having a fulfilling career in construction.     


“My favourite project so far has been working on the new training college. I am part of a massive team of talented tradespeople. Every day is different depending on what area you are working in. The college will make a huge difference to new apprentices coming in the door. It is a great space to learn, and I am proud to have helped deliver it.    


“My advice to any young woman considering a career in construction is to go for it. City Building has a diverse workforce where anybody can be a respected and valued team member.”    

City Building is offering funded modern apprenticeship places to 16–19-year-olds within the Glasgow City area, expanding this to 20–29-year-olds for those living with a disability or with care experience.  

To find out more information on how to apply to be an apprentice with City Building please visit 

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